Dillon Gabriel Funds Youth Sports, Retreats with Teammates with NIL Earnings
It appears that Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel is doing something special for youth sports with his NIL money.
The junior signal-caller has been donating a portion of the money that he has earned through different NIL deals to youth organizations to fund youth sports uniforms and retreats with his new teammates.
Gabriel has used his NIL money to fund multiple different retreats and projects that he is passionate about including “Dime Time,” a retreat to get to know his teammates better and run through drills, an offensive lineman retreat to bond with the guys responsible for protecting him, and even funding new basketball jerseys for Mililani High School, Gabriel’s alma mater.
Steven Smith, Gabriel’s NIL Talent Manager spoke on the quarterback’s uses of NIL deals to On3 saying, “He had done NIL deals and made sure that in the contracts there was some language that allowed for him to give back to his teammates, and I think that’s important for a lot of student-athletes in space. Not only going and getting the money for yourself, right, because now you can but how can you create an experience that goes beyond that initial payout?”
Gabriel stressed the importance of financial literacy prior to NFL by saying, “I mean, who knows where it will get but I think it’s good that we get to learn finances, learn how to manage money, and be smart with that. You know, you get to learn it in college rather than when you get to the NFL and you get a $30-million check.”
Gabriel’s good deeds not only helped different organizations thrive but also highlighted the good that can be done through the use of NIL money. By helping teammates, coaches, and his community hit the ground running, Gabriel remains ready for a big season in the fall in Norman.